BOOST YOUR BODY'S OWN SUNSCREEN … with these 5 magic foods

Did you know you could boost your skin's natural sun protection simply by eating certain foods? Although you should always wear a non-toxic sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you are going to be in the sun for long periods, research shows that an intake of select nutrients can improve your body's own ability to protect your skin from damage. Below are some of the foods to snack on a little more often during sunny months:

Berries and fruits such as strawberries, kiwis, guava and blackberries contain plenty of Vitamin C and phytonutrients that act like a natural sunblock.

Potatoes contain lots of starch, which along with their high content of beta-carotene and Vitamin C makes them a terrific natural sunscreen booster.

Green tea is abundant with antioxidants and studies demonstrate that it has a potential ability to lower the incidence of melanoma.

Oatmeal, like chocolate, is rich in free radical fighting antioxidants, which will help protect your skin from sun damage.

Pomegranate not only contains lots of free radical fighting antioxidants, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that will soothe your skin and prevent cell damage caused by UVA and UVB rays.

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